Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin was one of our most imaginative writers, a radical thinker, and a feminist icon. The interviews collected here span 40 years of her pioneering and prolific career.When she began writing in the 1960s, Ursula K. Le Guin was as much of a literary outsider as one can be: she was a woman writing in a landscape dominated by men, she wrote genre at a time where it was dismissed as non-literary, and she lived out West, far from fashionable east coast literary circles. The interviews collected here--covering everything from her Berkeley childhood to her process of world-building; from her earliest experiments with genre to envisioning the end of capitalism--highlight that unique perspective, which conjured some of the most prescient and lasting books in modern literature.

Ursula K. Le Guin Details

TitleUrsula K. Le Guin
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherMelville House
ISBN-139781612197791
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Feminism, Autobiography

Ursula K. Le Guin Review

  • Misha
    January 1, 1970
    I keep reading essays by Le Guin and interviews with her as I enjoy spending time with this woman and her fine mind so much. What wonderful company she continues to be.Some choice interview bits:On what she wants her legacy to be:"Irreverence toward undeserved authority, and passionate respect for the power of the word. Oh, and my books staying in print, too.""Isn't the real question this: Is the work worth doing? Am I, a human being, working for what I really need and want--or for what the Stat I keep reading essays by Le Guin and interviews with her as I enjoy spending time with this woman and her fine mind so much. What wonderful company she continues to be.Some choice interview bits:On what she wants her legacy to be:"Irreverence toward undeserved authority, and passionate respect for the power of the word. Oh, and my books staying in print, too.""Isn't the real question this: Is the work worth doing? Am I, a human being, working for what I really need and want--or for what the State or the advertisers tell me I want. Do I choose? I think that's what anarchism comes down to. Do I let my choices be made for me, and so go along with the power game, or do I choose, and accept the responsibility for my choice? In other words, am I going to be a machine-part, or a human being?""To genrify is necessary. There are different genres. What is wrong is to rank them as higher or lower, to make a hierarchy based only on genre, not the quality of the writing. That is my whole argument and it goes no further. So don't try to extend it into this world."
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